Buyers are spoiled for choice in today’s full-size, half-ton pickup market, with Ford, Chevrolet/GMC, and Ram covering nearly all of the segment’s sales, while Nissan and Toyota left to fight over the scraps. Yet despite attracting only one-fourth as many buyers as third-place Ram, it’s not for a lack of trying. The Toyota Tundra, for example, offers almost everything you’ll find on competitive trucks in the meaty part of the market at competitive prices.
What's New for 2018
A new milder “TRD [Toyota Racing Development] Sport” trim level replaces the hardcore off-road TRD Pro, swapping out the latter’s desert-runner/rock-crawler gear for its on-pavement-performance equivalent and improved optics inside and out. Other trims get minor tweaks including improved headlight tech, and Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite of electronic driver assistance features and an improved interior display screen are now standard across the board. The two-door Regular Cab body style has been eliminated.
Choosing Your Toyota Tundra
Thanks to its Regular Cab being consigned to the hereafter, the Tundra’s list of body style and bed length combinations has been simplified, with the Double Cab – two full doors in front and two three-quarter doors in back – available with a 6.5-foot Standard Bed or an 8.1-foot Long Bed while the Crew Max – four full doors – sports only the 5.5-foot Short Bed.
On paper, Toyota lists three available V8 engines in the Tundra, but in reality, it’s two, with nearly every Tundra coming with a 5.7-liter V8 producing 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque in either standard or Flex Fuel (E85-capable) form and a 4.6-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 with 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available on that can only available on three specific bottom-shelf configurations for customers looking for more efficiency (15 city/19 highway versus the 5.7's 13 city/18 highway best) and a $1,270 savings over the optional 5.7-liter.
Similarly, except for the very specific case of the SR Double Cab Long Bed with the 5.7-liter engine, supplementing your rear-wheel drive Tundra with Toyota’s 4WDemand part-time 4WD with electronically-controlled transfer case and automatic limited-slip differential is $3,050. All Tundras are equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Trim-wise the Tundra comes in six “grades”, with base MSRPs ranging from $32,140 to $51,425 (including $1,295 destination, which is higher in AR, MS, OK, and TX):
As with all pickups, the Tundra exhibits a split personality. One can either go the “work truck” route with the SR5 and below and get access to all the body and bed configurations at the expense of top-shelf creature-comforts, or make the $6,285 leap up into the Limited and into the realm of a “Boss’ truck” and all the goodies that entails. So, if you need a truck, consider a fully-loaded SR5 before anything else because $6,300 is a lot to spend just for the Limited’s frosting.
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